Chris Robinson‘s mysterious new project, As The Crow Flies, has officially unveiled itself today with the band lineup and tour announcement. Singing songs from The Black Crowes‘ songbook, the band will feature Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and bassist Andy Hess, Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, as well as guitarist Marcus King. The new band will hit the road with a 15+ date tour in April and May across the nation, including Wanee Music Festival at Spirit of Suwannee in Live Oak, FL.
Today, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he explains the change of heart and what to expect of the setlists. “We’ve discussed a few covers, but pretty much I want to just concentrate on the main Black Crowes albums, the songs that people will know. I’m not flogging away in the Black Crowes anymore, so there’s a celebratory element to it. If I haven’t sang ‘She Talks to Angels’ for five years, I’m going to have fun singing it every night for a few weeks. I have this thing called the CRB that is my wild imagination, my adventure and everything is there. Like I said, we have three weeks off. The other guys in the CRB are busy, so it just was a perfect time.”
Robinson puts an end date on As The Crow Flies for May 14th, suggesting this will be their only tour together as a band before returning his full attention to the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. While it’s been over four years since the Black Crowes broke up, Chris Robinson has spent the last couple of years forming and touring with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, creating new music, and throwing shade at his brother and former bandmate Rich Robinson (whom he hasn’t spoken to in five years) for The Magpie Salute, which Chris called “a Black Crowes tribute band” in an interview with Howard Stern.
You can read the full Rolling Stones interview with Chris Robinson, in which he discusses the formation of As The Crow Flies, his relationship with brother, and more here. Check out the full tour dates for As The Crow Flies below, and catch them live while you can!
As The Crow Flies Tour Dates
April 17 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
April 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 21 – Live Oak, FL @ Wanee Music Festival
April 22 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City Birmingham
April 24 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
April 25 – Lexington, KY @ Machester Music Hall
April 26 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
April 28 – New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theater
April 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 1 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
May 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
May 6 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
May 12 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Montbleu Resort & Casino
May 13 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom